The Adiyogi statue is a 34.3-metre-tall (112.4 ft) excluding plinth, 45-metre-long (147 ft) and 7.62-metre-tall (24.99 ft) wide statue of the Hindu deity Shiva at
Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu , which has been recognized by the
Guinness World Records as the "Largest Bust Sculpture ” in the world. Designed by @Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev , founder of the Isha Foundation , it was built by the foundation and weighs around 500 tonnes (490 long tons; 550 short tons).
Sadhguru said that the statue is for inspiring and promoting yoga, and is named Adiyogi , which means "the first yogi", because Shiva is known as the originator of yoga.
Approximate heights of various notable statues:
1. Spring Temple Buddha 153 m (incl. 25 m pedestal and 20 m throne)
2. Statue of Liberty 93 m (incl. 47 m pedestal)
3. The Motherland Calls 91 m (excl. pedestal)
4. Christ the Redeemer 38 m (incl. 8 m pedestal)
5. Statue of David 5.17 m (excl. 2.5 m pedestal)
Adiyogi was inaugurated on 24 February 2017 by the Prime Minister of India ,
@narendramodi , on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri – a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of Shiva. The Indian
Ministry of Tourism has included the statue as a consecration destination in its official
Incredible India campaign. The Adiyogi Statue has been recognized as the "Largest Bust Sculpture" by Guinness World Records.
Adiyogi is located at the Isha Yoga complex which houses the Dhyanalinga in
Coimbatore ,Tamil Nadu at the foothills of
Velliangiri Mountains , a range in the Western Ghats .The statue was designed over two years and manufactured within eight months.
The bust is cast in steel. The height of the statue, 112 ft (34 m), symbolizes the 112 possibilities to attain to moksha (liberation) that are mentioned in yogic culture. Sadhguru also said that the height represents the 112 chakras in the human system.
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